It’s election season again – as if it ever ends.  Monday was the first day to file for the March 20, 2012, primary election in Illinois. State-level candidates who had their nominating petitions at the State Board of Elections office in Springfield at 8 a. m. have a chance to be first among their opponents on the ballot.


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Elections executive director Rupert Borgsmiller says a lottery Dec. 14 will determine the ballot placement among those who qualify to be first, which some candidates say is an advantage. The filing period ends Dec. 5 at 5 p. m., when some people will attempt to be last on the ballot.  “It can be a few percentage points in a low-turnout election,” said the first person in line, Tim Mapes. “It can make a difference.” Mapes, chief of staff for Illinois House Democrats, had his people at the front door for days, but he would not say how many.  Borgsmiller estimates 500 people were in line Mondaymorning.


(Illinois Radio Network)